How to hack Lululemon like the thrifty bitch you are

I live within walking distance to a Lululemon. It was literally the last thing my bank account needed- like the absolute last. When I get into my car in the morning, I can see the Omega sign that is so classically Lulu from my parking garage. Kind of makes driving to school the hardest thing I do all day. I love Lululemon so much- like the “I wear their Align pant every day in every color they have ever made” kind of love. I have four pairs of them in black. Four. pairs. Just in black. And that doesn’t include the other styles I also have in black, I’m just talking about the Align pant. Yes, I know I’m pathetic. As much as I love Lulu, it is so damn expensive. Paying $98 for a pair of leggings?? $68 for a sports bra?? SO EXPENSIVE. But for so long I did it anyways. Just like Whole Foods, Lululemon was doing my bank account so dirty. But after my third pair of black Align pants, I had a mini intervention with myself. If I was going to stay in a relationship with Lululemon I was going to have to get thrifty and get thrifty real fast. So that’s exactly what I did. And here’s how I did it.

  1. Lululemon loves short people.

    Unfortunately, this hack doesn’t really apply to me. One of the great things about Lulu’s pants are they are designed for a 6’0 person. AKA cropped leggings will fit like regular ones if you are 5’5 and under. Cropped leggings are also $20 cheaper than long ones. So if you can, buy the cropped ones for $20 cheaper and wear them like the full length pairs. It’s breaking all the rules, I know, but it works. On a side note, Lululemon will also hem any pair of pants you buy free of charge and ship them to you free of charge. So if the style you want does not come in a cropped version, you don’t have to worry about rolling the bottom of your leggings to make them look normal.

  2. We Made to much

    This is a more well known money saver. On Lululemon’s website there is a category called “We Made to much” where they sell their styles for a discounted price. They update the different styles frequently, so always keep checking.

  3. Poshmark, Ebay, Poshmark, Ebay.

    On Poshmark I got a pair of Lululemon leggings with the tags still on them for $30. Do I even need to say more?

  4. Lululemon Outlets.

    If you live close to a Lulu outlet, consider yourself lucky. I unfortunately do not live close to one, but I do go to school close to one. And let me tell you- the sales are so good they made me believe that there is, in fact, a god watching over me.

  5. Free Repairs and Replacements.

    I love Lulu leggings, but my washer doesn’t. I’ve lost so many pairs of leggings to the washer, usually in the form of pulls and tears in the fabric. Luckily, Lululemon lets you turn in any damaged pair of leggings for the newest version of them FOR FREE. yes, FOR FREE. In other words, you can save a whole pair of leggings worth of cash.

  6. Free Shipping and Returns.

    A lot of the smaller sizes are sold out online or not found in stores. If you can’t find a product you want online, you can walk into any store, order it right there with a employee (even if its sold out online) and get it shipped to you for free. The best part? If you hate it (which I doubt you will) you can also return it for free.

  7. 60% Employee Discount.

    If you are in the market for a part-time job I highly suggest you apply to Lululemon. The application is a ten short questions and pretty painless. All employees have a 60% discount (no matter how much or how little you work per week).

  8. Thirsty Thursdays.

    Lululemon updates their sales rack in store and online every Thursday. I wish I was exaggerating when I say I just “happen” to stroll into the Lulu down the street from me every Thursday. Honestly such a weird coincidence, I know.

  9. Lululemon Ambassador Program.

    Lululemon has a great Ambassador Program that sponsors local yoga instructors and individuals working toward their yoga certification. In exchange for free classes, yoga instructors are given free clothing, discounts and opportunities to travel the world and teach yoga. Like say less baby.

I hope you’re all on the way to Lulu right now.

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